There Are 12 Qualifying Schools For The ISD. Each Should Fight Not To Be Part Of It.

DPI recently released a list of “qualifying” schools to be considered for the Innovative School District.


I sincerely hope that each and every school on this list and their respective school systems, superintendents, school boards, and communities fight like hell to keep from being absorbed into this failure of a educational reform.

North Carolina’s ISD is run by an out-of-state for-profit charter chain. To date it has only  school and it just got its third superintendent and its second principal – after only one full year in operation.

It is not a success by any stretch of the imagination.

Here is the most recent growth rates and grades for subsets for that ISD school.


Southside Ashpole Elementary:

  • 4 – F’s
  • Everything else is an “I” which stands for “Insufficient Data.”
  • 1 – Not Met’s
  • 2 – Met

The current ISD here in NC has been in existence for over three years. It has not worked.

At all.

In fact, no previous model of the ISD has ever worked and the legislator who brought up the legislation, former Rep. Rob Bryan, works for the very charter company that currently presides over the ISD in North Carolina. That’s not shady at all (cough, cough).

It seems the only thing the ISD had going for it was the hot air from reformers who claimed with absolute certainty that it would be a success. Remember this from June of 2016 concerning the Achievement School District, now the Innovative School District (ISD)?

With just days remaining in the N.C. General Assembly’s short session, leaders on the Senate Education Committee have given their approval to achievement school districts, a GOP-backed model of school reform that may clear for-profit charter takeovers of low-performing schools.

Committee Chair Jerry Tillman, a Republican who supports the measure, declared the “ayes” to have won the vote Friday, although to some listeners, the voice vote appeared to be evenly split or favoring the opposition.

House Bill 1080, the long-gestating work of Rep. Rob Bryan, a Republican from Mecklenburg County, will allow state leaders to create a pilot program pulling five chronically low-performing schools into one statewide district. From there, the state could opt to hand over control of the schools, including hiring and firing powers, to for-profit charter operators.


“They will make great growth,” declared Tillman. “That’s a fact.”

Also from June of 2016:

Other critics pointed out a similar system in Tennessee had not produced better academic results. But Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, said the Tennessee plan tried to do too much, too quickly.

“These models have worked and will work if you don’t go too big,” Tillman said. “These schools will do a great job for these kids. It’s something we need to try.”

Makes one wonder what Tillman would say now about the ISD. Maybe he should read this report before making comment: “A tale of two schools: One, taken over by the state, struggles. Another, controlled by locals, rebounds.”